Interview With Will.i.am

The 35-year-old formerly known as William Adams Jr. is now more ubiquitous than UGG boots and Red Bull combined. His next stop: the Super Bowl.

How Christmas Saved the Music Industry

Amid the deluge of holiday music that comes in November and December, Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas II You" and Susan Boyle's "The Gift" are poised to make all those other seasonal crooners sound like off-key carolers.

Abu Dhabi: An Oil-financed Cultural Center?

In 2007, Forbes named Abu Dhabi the wealthiest city in the world, and like nouveaux riches everywhere, it has gone on a bit of a spending spree. Local branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums are under construction. They'll join the Abu Dhabi Poetry Academy and the Arab Heritage Village, with exhibits on life in the Gulf centuries before the mall with the ski slope moved into the neighborhood. And then there's Zaha Hadid's swooping design for the five-theater Performing Arts Center, which...

Are Married People More Selfish than Singles?

Parents should think twice before pushing their children toward the altar. According to "Marriage: The Good, the Bad and the Greedy," a paper published by the American Sociological Association, married people are significantly less likely than the unmarried to visit their parents and siblings. Only 60 percent surveyed admitted contacting their parents in the past month, as compared with 80 percent of never-married respondents.Only 30 percent said they'd socialized with friends in the same...

Protecting Your Internet Reputation

The growing threat that your good name will be unfairly besmirched online has given rise to a new industry: Internet reputation repair. Companies like ReputationHawk and Reputation Defender aim to push offending material down a few search pages, where most users won't see it. They do it by creating multiple links to positive data about you, crowding out the negative, for $4,000 to $30,000. For clients not yet tarnished, they recommend creating a "preemptive wall" of positive online content, to...

The 'New Dad'? Give Me a Break.

My 4-year-old is asking for apple juice, all we have is margarita mix and I have two deadlines and 400 e-mails to attend to before I can make it to the market. As for my husband? I believe Raj hasn't seen the inside of a grocery store since he worked at one back in high school. Stocking the fridge is my task, as well as getting our son to school, scheduling his speech-therapy appointments, making dinner … I wouldn't mind if raising our child was my sole job, but it's not. My husband and I...

You and Your Quirky Kid

The girl who wears her clothes inside out, the boy who loves plumbing. What parents and experts say about the children who just don't fit in.

Newsmakers: Slash, Spice Girls, Nick Lachey

Q & A: SlashEx-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash is back with a new album by his group Velvet Revolver. He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Lorraine Ali. Do you still get asked about what's happening with Guns N' Roses? I get that a lot, like I'm supposed to have some finger on the pulse of what's going on with Guns N' Roses when I haven't had that for a good 10 years. Do people expect you to act a certain way? From time to time. People have some sort of mental fantasy—like expecting me to be...

Teaching the World to Sing in Perfect Harmony

They're bungling ballads in Kazakhstan, mauling Bollywood favorites in India and shout-singing Beyoncé numbers in Bolivia. Most every country—even those that lack running water and free elections—has its own version of "American Idol." This is not necessarily a bad thing. The very American idea that anyone can be a star has helped break down rigid class barriers in several countries. In places where the concept of democracy is still shaky, "Idol" lets viewers have the vote—last year...

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